Tasman Island - 2005

The Hamish Saunders Memorial Trust was launched with a Survey of Tasman Island. A number of important species occur on the island including a rare species of cave cricket.

Tasman Island Survey

In November 2005 a team of six scientists including two New Zealand volunteers conducted a seven-day integrated biological survey. A range of field techniques were used to investigate various aspects of the island's ecology including vegetation quadrat surveys and weed mapping, vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, spotlighting and pest control measures. Six vegetation communities were intensively ground-truthed and used as the basis for fauna sampling and a study of vegetation composition.

Survey Highlights

  • Eight previously unrecorded native flora taxa were found on the island.
  • Observations were made on the newly discovered breeding group of New Zealand Fur Seals.
  • Nine species of land snail were collected adding to the previously one known species. A new "Tasman Island" species has been discovered
  • Twenty six species of land and seabirds were recorded including breeding records and the positive identification of Lewin's Rail.
  • The local extinction of the Little Penguin colony was confirmed.
  • This we know: The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

    - Chief Seattle, 1854

  • Why be at all, if not the one to seize the moon and carry off the sun?

    - James Louis Carcioppolo

  • The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space, a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.

    David Suzuki

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